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, the largest was mitt romney's. it is legitimate to debate the lessons going forward. but it ought to be a debate about the actual stimulus, not some imaginary stimulus that outsourced wind turbines to china. the stimulus almost double the domestic content of u.s. wind turbines and also doubled the u.s. and production. we are hearing about this crazy stimulus that shoveled money to the president's cronies. there hasn't been a single example of a corrupt deal. in this book probably the first real case of inappropriate political pressure was valerie jarrett summoning energy department official to the situation room to get to approve a loan but when the guy resisted the white house backed off and incidentally, the call on solyndra and there was no pressure on that one. we are moving into another election about change. the central question is whether government is capable of contributing to positive change. the stimulus is exhibit a for the republican argument which is weird because it really ought to be exhibit a for the argument that it can. i realize i sound like an obama cheerleade
if you look at what they have said on this issue, both obama and romney's plans are vague. if i were moderating the debate that is coming october 3rd, i would spend about half of it asking them what would you do specifically. give us the diagnosis of the plan -- [applause] and tell us what you're really going to do. and part of that question is there has to be a willingness to compromise, and there has to be an innate willingness to do things that are painful for your side. i'm going to stop there, and we'll do questions. one more story. remember years ago the head of simon & schuster after i had published one of my books took me to dinner in new york city at one of these restaurants where you would never want to go where you have to pay. [laughter] and he said what's your next book going to be about in and i said, oh, well, i haven't decided. i'm going to do some thinking, some reading, some research. and he looked at me and said, what? i said, yeah, i want to do thinking, reading, reporting, weighing the alternatives, and he said why are you going to waste your time? [laughter] i s
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